The Album that has Everything
By Samia El-Balawi
Distant Past, released in February 2015 was the very first single from Manchester-based art rock band, Everything Everything’s third studio album, Get To Heaven, and for me, it was an instant like. Actually, it was far greater than just a ‘like’, it was a have to hear more kind of feeling with its quirky and creative, non-conforming sound, peculiar lyrics and an engaging video to boot.
“Distant Past is about primal human nature, and no matter how far we progress in our civilisations, we can never escape it,” said Jonathan Higgs, the band’s lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and laptop master. With its message reflecting upon the history and behaviour of mankind, it is contrasted by modern technology projected through a range of sounds. This song was just a taster of the sheer diversity that would be heard from this 11-song album, released 22 June 2015.
The band come from a collection of locations across the UK and are made up of Jonathan Higgs on lead vocals, keyboards, guitar and laptop; Jeremy Pritchard on bass and keyboards; Michael Spearman on drums; and Alex Robertshaw on lead guitar and keyboards, with all on backing vocals. These guys have created something unique, which can be heard through their one-of-a-kind musical style and also by way of Higgs’ extensive vocal range evident in his falsetto abilities.
Regret was the second single from the album, which presented listeners with more variance in sound and style, as well as a strong message about the regret faced after making a decision that cannot be retracted. In fact, the album focuses on several destructive issues that are currently affecting our world, including terrorism, the politics behind it and future of humanity as a result of these horrifying situations.
The album Get To Heaven deals with many emotions and scenarios, including cynical feelings towards growing old and becoming jaded, depicted in the song Spring / Summer / Winter / Dread; corrupt political and religious leaders in The Wheel (Is Turning Now); the aftermath of a horrifying event in Fortune 500; and rejection from society in No Reptiles. The album closes on an uplifting note through the song Warm Healer which brings a message of encouragement and positivity.
However, the seriousness of the lyrics is often contrasted by uplifting music, making it an album that truly delivers diversity.
Everything Everything are often described as a pop band but the term ‘pop’ doesn’t do them justice and seems insignificant where this album is concerned. If you truly listen to the messages delivered you’ll realise that it is far from pop and much closer to genius.
Everything Everything are playing festivals in Europe having finished a stint in Australia. You can check their upcoming concert details out on their website and social media connections, detailed below.
Do this album justice and give it a listen, you won’t regret it.